NFL Draft: Day 3 names to know
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Two days down, one more to go.
Rounds 4-7 of the 2013 NFL Draft takes place Saturday starting at noon at Radio City Music Hall. There are still a lot of big names out there, so let’s take a look at some of the players whose name may get called at some point:
MATT BARKLEY, QB, USC: Just about one year ago, people were talking about Barkley in the same breath as Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Fast-forward to today, and the USC signal-caller has had one of the worst slides for any player in draft history. There’s no real reason why Barkley has fallen. It could be because of his stunningly average senior season. It could be the “USC quarterback” stigma. It could just be because not many teams need QBs. Whatever the case, Barkley should come off the board at some point Saturday, even if it’s later on than most would expect.
RYAN NASSIB, QB, SYRACUSE: Nassib is another QB who has had quite a fall from grace. Once talked about as a potential late-first round pick, Nassib is still available two days later. Like Barkley, it may be because teams simply don’t need quarterbacks. But it is hard to ignore when your college coach passes over you in favor of another rookie QB, as was the case with Nassib and Bills coach Doug Marrone (who coached Nassib at Syracuse).
BARRETT JONES, C, ALABAMA: Jones was in this space in Friday’s “Day 2 names to know” piece. Despite that, the Rimington Trophy winner is still on the board. Jones has had questions about his strength, but he has the football IQ and leadership to make an impact.
JESSE WILLIAMS, DT, ALABAMA: Williams is a big interior lineman who can clog up inside running lanes, but he is also athletic enough to slide outside in the right scheme. The Australia native and former rugby player underwent a procedure on his knee following the BCS National Championship game, however, which is the main reason why he’s slid this far. If a team thinks his medical history checks out, he might be worth a flier in Round 4.
MIGUEL MAYSONET, RB, STONY BROOK: We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the local product here. The Riverhead native could become the first Seawolf to be drafted. It looks unlikely that he’d stay in New York, though—the Jets acquired Chris Ivory from the Saints in exchange for a fourth-round pick, and the Giants have David Wilson and Andre Brown.
BRANDON JENKINS, DE, FLORIDA STATE: He hasn’t been discussed as much as fellow Seminoles DEs Bjoern Werner or Tank Carradine, but Jenkins could be the best bargain of the trio. Jenkins is coming off a Lisfranc injury that cut his 2012 season shore (and ultimately gave Werner his shot as a starter). He was a pass-rushing terror before the injury, racking up 13 1/2 sacks as a sophomore and eight sacks as a junior. He could be a great value for any teams looking to bolster their pass rush.
MARCUS LATTIMORE, RB, SOUTH CAROLINA: Lattimore may have been a first-rounder if he hadn’t destroyed all three ligaments in his right knee in a game against Tennessee. It was the second straight time that his season had been cut short because of a serious knee injury, which has left teams wary of his durability. If he can stay healthy, his combination of speed, power and vision would be a great addition to any backfield.
PHILLIP THOMAS, S, FRESNO STATE: Thomas rebounded in 2012 after breaking his left leg and dislocating his ankle in 2011. He led the nation with eight interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns. Thomas is one of the draft’s best ball-hawking defensive backs and can patrol center field with ease. Look for him to go early on Day 3.
DA’RICK ROGERS, WR, TENNESSEE TECH: Rogers starred for Tennessee in his first two seasons, but was dismissed before the 2012 season because of off-field maturity issues. He transferred to FCS school Tennessee Tech, where racked up 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns on 78 catches. Rogers is a talented, physical receiver who can make big plays over the middle. If he ends up in the right situation with a good mentor to keep him on track -- think Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson and newly-drafted FS Tyrann Mathieu -- Rogers could be a great late-round pick.
QUINTON PATTON, WR, LOUISIANA TECH: Patton has the size and skill set to be an immediate contributor. He only played two seasons for the Bulldogs, however, and that may be one reason why he’s slid this far. Those two seasons were impressive – 2,544 receiving yards, 24 touchdowns. Patton is a high-motor wideout who has the speed to go vertical, the hands to make tough catches and the awareness to make sideline catches. He could be a steal this late in the draft.